The Boy Detective: A New York Childhood

Paperback | September 23, 2014

byRoger Rosenblatt

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Resisting the deadening silence of his family home in the elegant yet stiflingly safe neighborhood of Gramercy Park, nine-year-old Roger Rosenblatt imagines himself a private eye in pursuit of criminals. With the dreamlike mystery of the city before him, he sets off alone into the streets of Manhattan, thrilling to a life of unsolved cases.

Six decades later, Rosenblatt finds himself again patrolling the territory of his youth. He investigates the lives of the writers who walked these streets before him, such as Poe and Melville; the great detectives of fiction and the essence of detective work; and the monuments of his childhood, such as the New York Public Library and the Empire State Building.

A masterly evocation of the city and a meditation on memory as an act of faith, suffused with a mixture of acute observation and bracing humor, lyricism, and wit, The Boy Detective treads the line between a novel and a poem, displaying a world at once dangerous and beautiful.

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Resisting the deadening silence of his family home in the elegant yet stiflingly safe neighborhood of Gramercy Park, nine-year-old Roger Rosenblatt imagines himself a private eye in pursuit of criminals. With the dreamlike mystery of the city before him, he sets off alone into the streets of Manhattan, thrilling to a life of unsolved c...

Roger Rosenblatt's essays forTimeandThe NewsHouron PBS have won two George Polk Awards, the Peabody, and the Emmy. He is the author of six off- Broadway plays and seventeen books, includingNew York TimesNotable BooksKayak MorningandThe Boy Detective, as well as other national bestsellers UnlessIt Moves the Human Heart,Making Toast,Rule...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 7.5 × 5 × 0.68 inPublished:September 23, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062277197

ISBN - 13:9780062277190

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“…beautifully evocative essay - at once a memoir and a meditation on the form itself.”